February 20, 2019
Dear valued TWU Member,
Today is an exciting day that we’ve been looking forward to for quite some time. Today is the day we launch the American Airlines Should Care Campaign to the nation.
I want to first thank you for the support you’ve given that has made this campaign possible.
Feb. 18, 2019 9:50 a.m. ET
Federal air-safety regulators are investigating Southwest Airlines Co. LUV -0.52% for widespread failures to accurately track the combined weight of checked bags loaded into each of its jets, according to government officials and internal agency documents.
Southwest Airlines Co. declared an “operational emergency” Friday because of an unusually high number of aircraft taken out of service for maintenance, and ordered all scheduled mechanics to show up for work or risk being fired.
Workers “alleging illness” will be required to provide a doctor’s note on their first day back at work, the airline said in a memo.
February 15, 2019
Brothers and Sisters,
Negotiations continued in Atlanta this week. The Executive and the full negotiating committees continued working together at each step of the process and all were fully updated.
The company’s hard-line attack on the work Association members do, our Scope, continued throughout the week.
American Airlines says it will need to move more than 700 Phoenix-based flight attendants to other hub airports now that it has integrated the systems used to manage flight-attendant scheduling after the airline's merger with U.S. Airways.
The airlines merged in 2013, but the flight-attendant management systems did not.
Negotiations in Atlanta this week, the Company continued with its stance with concessionary language. But don't feel surprised with our Company when it comes to them unwilling to share the wealth. It has been a long pattern of their negotiation methods where they don't like to give, and during the downturn they want us to share the pain.
They fall short on compensation, retirement and profit sharing, and the battle will continue with the scope. They need to realize that the longer it takes, it will erode the moral to the point of no return. Our next mediation dates are scheduled for the week of March 18 in Dallas, and the week of April 22 in Fort Lauderdale.
We have a safety concern with the arrival of 787's; please stay outside of the hazard zone of the engine intake and the jet blast right behind the engines. The need for engines to spool down is a must for your safety when meeting their arrival.
In our efficiency meeting with VP Franco Tedeschi, the discussion continues to be the poor bus service or the lack of it. We did point out that the new schedule does not clearly show terminating bus runs and to their surprise, they said that it shouldn't be happening in peak times. They will address this with Aires to straighten it out. The new Reinduction Belt work in the bag-room seems it will complete early, and the work at the old Envoy bag-room with the CBIS Recap Project has started. The Company will increase capacity with processing baggage over the next decade with this work.
In our weekly meeting with management, we had a long discussion regarding an incident on February 12, 2019, of the aircrafts clipping winglets. We also discussed issues with the new ROVA handheld devices and its usage.
The new bid with begin Saturday, March 23rd and go four weeks until April 19th. Crew Chiefs bid Wednesday, February 20th and the Full-Time will bid on February 21st, and Part-Time will begin Thursday, February 28th and Friday, March 1st.
We like to mention a member who has achieved a milestone with 50 years of service and as a member of TWU Local 512, Congratulations to Crew Chief Thomas Herden.
TWU Local 512
Airline mechanics feel pressured to overlook potential safety problems: "Can't we skip a few steps?"
January 08, 2019
TO:ALL LOCAL 512 MEMBERS
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Recently there have been modifications to the Ramp Operations Manual. In Section 08.06.5 Powerstow Extendable Beltloader has one item added, Paragraph (I) States: "The Powerstow is designed to be safely used with one person in the bin of the aircraft."
The language in paragraph (I) is not in any other section with regards to Beltloaders. It is not in Operating Guidelines, and not in offloading or loading operation procedures. It is TWU Local 512's contention that the language specifies its design but does not mandate it.
TWU Local 512 continues stand firm on its safety concerns with regards to this addition to the Ramp Operations Manual. There is no clear procedure or guidelines how it can be safely used when there is no visual contact with an FSC in the belly that is at the end of the Powerstow.
There must always be two FSC’s in the belly to resolve this concern. The main focus should always be to provide every member with the safest work environment. We should never take shortcuts when it comes to safety.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION – Local 512
Wishing TWU Local 512 Member Tom Wickham a Happy and Healthy Retirement after 42 years of service
Congratulations John Davies on his Retirement and 50th years of service
512 Strong H9 Crew May 28, 2018
Steward Training May 29, 2018
512 Strong ROC May 28, 2018
Mike Neville's Retirement Congratulations
TWU Local 512 President Juan Elvira Ramp Safety Walk
TWU Local 512 President Juan Elvira Ramp Safety Walk
TWU Local 512 Secretary Treasurer Mike Rubel
TWU Local 512 Vice President Mike Szwed
TWU Local 512 President Juan Elvira
New Officers of TWU local 512 Sworn in
TWU Local 512 is proud to announce the Local 512 app for your smart phone is available for download in the Apple store and the Google play store.
click the iTunes or Google Play logos below to download the app today!